Lights, camera, action for cinema in Queanbeyan

Michael Weaver 2 November 2019 30
New cinema complex in Queanbeyan

An artist’s impression of the new cinema complex in Queanbeyan. Photo: United Cinemas.

After 18 months and numerous false starts, Queanbeyan’s new cinema complex is well and truly underway.

The site of the new complex above Kmart in Morisset Street has now been demolished, and the developer, Sydney-based United Cinemas, is expected to begin construction in the new year.

The theatre will consist of nine cinema screens and will provide the community with state-of-the-art cinema theatres, with high-quality in-theatre dining options.

The development application was approved by the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council on 14 March 2018.

Queanbeyan-Palerang mayor Tim Overall told Region Media he has been a long-time advocate for a local cinema.

“Although Council isn’t involved in the private development of the cinema beyond approving the development application, we know it is highly anticipated by the community so we touch base with the developer occasionally to see how things are coming along,” Mayor Overall said.

“They recently advised that they’ve finished the internal demolition of the floor above Kmart where the cinema is going. We believe they are hoping to begin construction in the new year with the aim of opening in early 2021 if all goes to plan.”

A few years ago, Council went a fair way down the path of looking into potentially developing a cinema itself, or in partnership with a cinema operator.

Mayor Overall said it was very pleasing to see that a private developer had seen the enormous potential this much-needed facility offers, and he looks forward to seeing it up and running.

“The cinema will bring visitors to Queanbeyan, create employment opportunities, benefit surrounding businesses and get people into the CBD,” he said.

“It will complement the work Council will be doing over the next 10 years to transform the CBD into a more vibrant, active and thriving city centre.”

According to the National Film and Sound Archive, the earliest dedicated cinema in the Canberra region was the Triumph Hall in Queanbeyan in 1913, followed by Star Pictures in 1925.

Early residents of Canberra made the trek by horse, bus or on foot to Queanbeyan to see the latest films from America and Great Britain, and possibly locally made films.

A United Cinemas spokesperson said they want people to have the very best cinema experience.

United Cinemas were the first in Australia to use the state-of-the-art, three-dimensional Dolby ATMOS sound system.

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30 Responses to Lights, camera, action for cinema in Queanbeyan
Holly Schrapel Holly Schrapel 8:15 pm 08 Nov 19

Norm Scully please read so I don’t have to 😝

Lizzy Cowie Lizzy Cowie 8:05 am 06 Nov 19

Car parking around that area is about to get even worse 😂 still keen as though

Chris James Chris James 9:31 pm 04 Nov 19

About time

Kerrie Ferguson Kerrie Ferguson 8:33 pm 04 Nov 19

About time

Vasa Krculj Vasa Krculj 6:14 pm 04 Nov 19

Wow, finally (I hope) ... I look forward to being able to walk down to the cinema and watch a movie.

Natalie Brusensky Natalie Brusensky 2:00 pm 04 Nov 19

How exciting!!!

Rebecca Scully Rebecca Scully 7:39 pm 03 Nov 19

Emily Rozyn the place to be

Nguyen Dang Nguyen Dang 6:13 pm 03 Nov 19

Hardik Uthira if you guys choose to stay in Queanbeyan

Gabriella Andrews Gabriella Andrews 2:21 pm 03 Nov 19

It takes 2 years to build a cinema for Queanbeyan? Probably isn't going to happen!!

Mate Kraljevic Mate Kraljevic 11:15 am 03 Nov 19

Whos building this complex

Barb Boswell Barb Boswell 8:53 am 03 Nov 19

At last!

Peter Bojkowski Peter Bojkowski 12:04 am 03 Nov 19

Now let's see how long it takes United to lodge their DA for their Gungahlin complex and work to kick off.

Jen Whitehead Jen Whitehead 9:49 pm 02 Nov 19

INCREDIBLY excited that it’s United Cinemas that got the location - Queanbeyan could use a little Roy Mustaca flair!

    Lala Kennedy Lala Kennedy 9:57 pm 02 Nov 19

    Jen Whitehead nobody is quite like Roy.

    Jen Whitehead Jen Whitehead 10:06 pm 02 Nov 19

    Lala I hope he sings some of his opera at the opening!

    Lala Kennedy Lala Kennedy 12:11 am 03 Nov 19

    That would be such a treat for the locals.

Chanté Kühn Chanté Kühn 9:32 pm 02 Nov 19

Ruey Kuhn fkn united cinemas comes to Canberra hahahahaha

    Ruey Kuhn Ruey Kuhn 9:47 pm 02 Nov 19

    Something has been missing from my life for the last 2 years, and thats my boy roy

Kerry Crawford Kerry Crawford 9:11 pm 02 Nov 19


Sarah Rollings Sarah Rollings 8:53 pm 02 Nov 19

2021 is a long way away. I wonder why it will take so long?

Kerry Weiss Kerry Weiss 8:45 pm 02 Nov 19

All those years we waited... Vicky Mandy Leann Kiralie

    Mandy Atkinson Mandy Atkinson 8:50 pm 02 Nov 19

    Kerry Weiss ...we'll have to take our kids!!!

    Leann Palmer Leann Palmer 9:11 pm 02 Nov 19

    Kerry Weiss worth waiting a while longer for the choice of 9 screens!

    Vicky DM Vicky DM 9:13 pm 02 Nov 19

    Kerry Weiss wow! In my lifetime! 😂

    Kiralie Allan Kiralie Allan 9:24 pm 02 Nov 19

    Kerry Weiss can’t believe it!

Andre Barilaro Andre Barilaro 8:44 pm 02 Nov 19


Deborah Olde Deborah Olde 8:31 pm 02 Nov 19

Awesome news.

Angelina Barilaro Pavan Angelina Barilaro Pavan 8:27 pm 02 Nov 19

Very good news!

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